Todd M. Mealy


Welcome to, the online home of history author, Todd M. Mealy! Todd is the author of This Is the Rat Speaking: Black Power and the Promise of Racial Consciousness at Franklin and Marshall College in the Age of the Takeover (2017), Legendary Locals of Harrisburg (2014), Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day, 1825-1900, Vols. I and II (2010), and Biography of an Antislavery City: Antislavery Activists, Abolitionists, and Underground Railroad Operatives in Harrisburg, Pa (2007). In addition to writing the text for two Dauphin County Historical Markers in Harrisburg, PA, Todd has published in Pennsylvania Heritage and American Heritage. He coauthored From the Pews: The Story of the Bethel AME Church in Harrisburg (2015).

Dr. Mealy holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University. He also attained a Master's degree from the same institution in 2014, where he was the recipient of the John S. Patterson Award for academic and creative achievement. 

He is a contributing writer for Pennsylvania Heritage. His publications in the magazine include pieces about the 19th-century trials that led to the end of legal segregation in Pennsylvania's public schools, the abolitionist and cofounder of the Liberty Party Francis Julius LeMoyne, and an All-American football player from Penn State who reached the pinnacle of his career following World War I named Glenn Killinger

His forthcoming work includes a book about Penn State football during World War I (McFarland Publishing, Winter/Spring 2018) and an article in Pennsylvania Heritage that examines the role of African American GIs from Pennsylvania during World War II (Fall 2017). 

Mealy was born in Bradford in 1979, grew up in Harrisburg, and currently lives in Lancaster with his wife, Melissa, Ed.D., son, Carter, and daughter, Adeline. After his undergrad experience, he spent many summers traveling to countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. He has coached high school football for eighteen years. His experiences helped to shape his focus on issues related to social justice, race theory, political history, and sports history. 

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Books by Todd M. Mealy